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Tourneau sample sale Sept 7-11

Posted on 25 August 2008 by John Biggs

Not a lot of bargains to be had at this one by there will be a sample sale at Soiffer Haskin, 317 W 33rd Street between 8th and 9th in NYC. It’s from Sept 7 until the 11th and is open from 9am to 6:30pm daily. Get thee to the salery!

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Suunto X10 GPS watch

Posted on 25 August 2008 by John Biggs


Another monster from Suunto. This one has better battery life and a sharper G.P.S. chip for getting you there and back.

“After converting your Suunto X10 logs with Suunto Track Exporter, you can share your adventures with anyone who uses Google Earth,” explains Suunto Outdoor Product Manager Petteri Hernelahti. “You can save your tracks in Google Earth, and then email them to friends or family, or post them on a website or blog for downloading.“

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I have a book deal…

Posted on 19 August 2008 by John Biggs

Well, it’s official. I’ve got my first book deal.

Tech journalist John Biggs, who edits the blog CrunchGear.com and has contributed to The New York Times, has signed a contract with Susan Kamil at the Dial Press to write a book called Marie Antoinette’s Watch.

The book will tell the story of an impossibly elaborate wristwatch that one of Marie Antoinette’s lovers commissioned around the time of the French Revolution from the master watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet. The watch—the “iPhone of its day,” according to Mr. Weissman, because of its unprecedented range of features and functions—took 44 years to make, and Marie Antoinette was long dead by the time it was complete.

What’s my goal? To pull horology out of the fashion ghetto and show it for the scientific and engineering endeavor it really is. The M-A was the Revolutionary Moon Shot, something so amazing that we can barely understand it today.

All watchmakers and watch experts please contact me at john @ wristwatchreview dot com. Let’s talk and get the story of watchmaking right for the first time in a long time.

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NOA Watches

Posted on 10 August 2008 by John Biggs

None Of the Above watches are the creation of a young member of an old watch making family. Nicola Andreatta has been designing watches for his family’s business for a while, but wanted to move off in his own direction. Of course, being connected to the industry his whole life, he was in a good position to start up a new brand.
And the NOA Watches stand out. In three sizes, 44mm, 40mm, and 36mm (this last for the ladies), your choices have only begun. The contours under the crystal create a powerful appearance of depth, and this is enhanced with well raised marking on the face. NOA watches use proven ETA and Valjoux movements, combine forward design with solidly engineered movements. The line includes a handsome rose gold and black piece, an eye-catching, bold dive watch and several others and a broad range of limited production pieces.
The dive watch is the one that really caught my eye. The rotating bezel is under the crystal with a seperate crown to adjust it. The black and yellow color scheme is stunning. This makes for a really engaging appearence with a lot of presence.
With less than 50 retailers globally, seeing these in person can be a trick. As fortune would have it, I found myself in Washington D.C. with time to indulge my hobbies. Tiny Jewel Box on 1147 Conn. Ave is among this small group of dealers (www.tinyjewelbox.com). Special thanks to Jorge, their watch specialist for his patience with my questions, and his passion for NOA watches.

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Casio GS-1200 to use LEDs to tweak analog hand position

Posted on 01 August 2008 by John Biggs


A new Casio movement for the GS-1200 Tough line – a radio controlled watch model built for shock resistance – has internal LEDs that calibrate the analog hands of the watch.

The movement has a structure where the gears for second, minute and hour are sandwiched between the LED and the phototransistor. With this setup, it is possible to detect the positions of three gears by one sensor. The LED emits light 16 times a second to check the positions of the 300mum diameter detection holes that are formed on the gears.

Most mechanical analog watches eventually slip out of alignment due to the internal motor. Buy adding the tiny LED and photosensor, the watch processor can tell exactly where the hands are on the face and ensure that the user won’t have to recalibrate the watch later.

This is similar to the methods used to sense positions in the old-time mechanical mice.

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